Opinion: Rafsanjani faces result of his policies

24 June 2005

It's ironic. Rafsanjani is facing the outcome of his own carelessly designed economic policies which also continued during Khatami's term.

Ahmadi Nejad represents the widening income as well as human capital gap between middle and lower-class Iranians. He represents frustrated people who have to work at least two jobs to make a basic living, let alone sending their children to universities.

They seek help from a man who not only looks like early revolutionaries, but also promises a return to the early principles and methods of the revolution, in a bluntly old-fashion way.

On the other hand, the apathetic rich, consumed by simplistic political analyses massively produced by LA based satellite TV channels, most of them run by Iranian who have never been to Iran for the past two decades, can not see the threat of a fundamentalist government. They live in two different worlds, with two definitions of reality.

Iran is a divided society, not between red and blue states, but between two states of minds: future and the past. P.S: I'm back in London, safe and secure. You can reach me at [email protected]

P.S: I'm back in London, safe and secure. You can reach me at [email protected]

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